Dan Pinkston was born December 1, 1972 in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. He came to the United States to study music at Ouachita Baptist University. Pinkston continued his composition study at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, earning a Master of Music degree in 1997, and a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in 2000. Dr. Pinkston is assistant professor of music theory and composition at Simpson College in Redding, California.
Usquequo, Domine? - Vanguard Premieres Contest 2004 (Honorable Mention)
Usquequo, Domine? (How Long, O Lord?) was composed during a period in which virtually all of my vocal music was based on Biblical poetry. The text of Psalm 13 was particularly attractive, as it showed the transformation of a person from despair and anguish to joy and gratitude. Musically, the piano part uses a brief fragment borrowed from a Bach fugue (BWV578) while the chorus declaims the Psalm text in pandiatonic lines and harmonies. (Notes by the composer, 2004)